Leaving Home by Anita Brookner

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At twenty-six, Emma Roberts comes to the painful realization that if she is ever to become truly independent, she must leave her comfortable London flat and venture into the wider world. This entails not only breaking free from a claustrophobic relationship with her mother, but also shedding her inherited tendency toward melancholy. Once settled in a small Paris hotel, Emma befriends Fran?oise Desnoyers, a vibrant young woman who offers Emma a glimpse into a turbulent life so different from her own. In this exquisite new novel of self-discovery, Booker Prize-winner Anita Brookner addresses one of the great dramas of our lives: growing up and leaving home.

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About Anita Brookner

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Anita Brookner lives in London.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 222 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Brookner's narrators often combine a Jamesian inner life with a deceptively blank external one, and Emma Roberts is a paragon of that type. An English doctoral student in the late 1970s whose r

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The heroine of Anita Brookner's 24th novel has trouble with relationships.

Jan 15 2006 | Read Full Review of Leaving Home

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Twenty-six year old Emma Roberts loves her mother very much, but.

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Recently reviewed: Making Things Better ( 3.5 of 5 Stars May/June 2003) and The Rules of Engagement ( 3 of 5 Stars Mar/Apr 2004).

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